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Unprocessed American Museum of Natural History Scans

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A series of 123D Catch scans captured at the American Museum of Natural History. These scans have all been run through 123D Catch. In most cases, they have not been processed any further, and I don't anticipate doing so in the near future. I've included a description of each, along with a grade. The better the grade, the easier and more appropriate the file is for prep for 3D printing. Even though these scans aren't print ready, there is a lot of awesome data which might be valuable to the right person. Enjoy and share your results if you take any of these scans further.

A zip file contains the photo sets, 123D Catch files, and OBJ exports with texture. I've included a zip file of all the available OBJs for quicker access without the download times.

3D printing settings

Apatosaurus (D) – Captured from a display. Not that interesting and in need of editing.

Amardillo (B) – Glyptotherium texanum from the Pliocene era. Mostly rendered but lacking detail. The tail turned out particularly well.

BaliFace (F) – Sculpture in the Margaret Mead section of AMNH. From Bali, 1936-1938. Total failure and conundrum. The lighting is good, the shape is simple, and I think I have enough shots that should turn out swimmingly, but the half the photos don’t stitch, and most of the photos aren’t stitching the mesh. Cool mask, worth the effort.

BaliSculpture (B+) – Sculpture in the Margaret Mead section of AMNH. From Bali, 1936-1938. I’ve included my partially worked STL file. This is a fun piece, I love the lines, but it would need support material to print. Not too much further to go for a finished product, especially if you like re-sculpting.

DeadDeer (B+) Stenomylus hitchcocki “narrow tooth” – Model of a group of camel skeletons buried in dune sands in Western Nebraska 22 million years ago. Almost ready to go, just needs a little cleanup on the head and ears, and some creases for clarity.

Deer (F) Southern Africa. “The blesbok (Damaliscus dorcas) forms small herds of up to 30 individuals, but in the past the herds numbered in the hundreds. Both males and females have horns, which may reach 20 inches in length.” This scan refuses to stitch – 123D Catch is obsessed with the background and only stitches it without creating the deer head.

DinoHead (B) I don’t have any records of the type or location of this dinosaur. A good capture of half a skull, but without specificity in the teeth.

FelineBottle (D) “Ceramic bottle modeled in form of a standing feline, decorated with resist-painted motif. Gallinazo style, Peru.” I wish this had turned out better, because the shape is awesome.

Fossil (C+) Humerus from Gomphotherium productum “club beast.” About 75% modeled. All photos are stitched, has promise but needs work.

Huge Turtle (D) Skeleton of Stupendemys geographicus “stupendous turtle.” From the late Miocene era. Decent capture of the underside, but lacking in appeal.

Llama Vessel (B-) “Ceramic vessel for offerings modeled in the form of a llama. Luqurmata, Bolivia. Similar vessels are painted with stylized corn plants, like the llama figures accompanying the earth goddess.” Nearly 50% modeled. If you have the skills to reverse repeat and stitch together, this will be easy enough.

Mammoth (D) Mammuthus jeffersoni from the Pleistocene era. Poor rendition probably due tons of noise (aka visitors) in the background.

Mask (C+) Indonesian mask. Needs smoothing and definition, but the detail is there to follow. Would be an easy sculpting project.

Primitive Turtle (C-) Proganochelys quenstedti “ancestor turtle.” “Proganochelys is the most primitive turtle known, and one of the oldest. It has a typical turtle shell entirely encasing the body, but the skull is much more primitive than in other turtles, as seen in the primitive jaw mechanism and ear region, both highly modified in later turtles. The braincase was movable within the skull, as in primitive tetrapods. In all later turtles, the braincase was fused to the skull.” Late Triassic era. Sections of this scan, including a part of the shell, render very well, but there is a lot of missing detail.

Snake (A) Rat Snake, Elaphe obsolete, of the southeastern United States. Rendered fully and just needs to be extracted from the background.

Triceratops (C+) Triceratops horridus “three-horned face.” A lot of the shape is there, but this would need a bit of work to be printable. Very cool scan though.

Xiphactinus (D) Xiphactinus audax “sword ray.” Late Creataceous era. Awesome prehistoric fish. I love this fish head, but it needs a lot of work to be printable.

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  • Publication date: 2021-02-18 at 18:27
    Published to Thingiverse on: 2012-06-20 at 23:34





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